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 In the News, December 19, 2016 

Orange County to Fund Part of New Chapel Hill Fire Station. The town of Chapel Hill is one step closer to a new joint fire station and office building. The Board of Commissioners unanimously agreed to contribute a portion of $520,000 to the plan to house an EMS unit in the new building that will replace Fire Station 2 on Hamilton Road. Kim Woodward is the EMS Operations Manager for Orange County. She said, even though the Chapel Hill Fire Department has five stations, there is no room for growth. She said there is currently no room for EMS to co-exist in any location, especially Fire Station 2.

Leland town council approves pedestrian walking plan. The town of Leland is rapidly growing, so town leaders approved a plan that will make it safer and easier for people to walk around town. The Pedestrian Plan will bring five-foot sidewalks to neighborhoods and roads. Bike trails and routes will be added to the area, and it will also include intersection crosswalks to make it easier for people to cross busy highways.

Swansboro OKs plan for splash pad. Town commissioners gave their OK to the Swansboro Parks and Recreation Department’s effort to seek a state grant for a “cool” project. Should Swansboro earn the Connect N.C. Bond Grant, it would fund the construction of a “splash pad” at Municipal Park, among other park enhancements like improvements to the town tennis courts, additional parking, additional sidewalks, benches and picnic tables.

Restoration projects, new businesses lead growth in downtown Tryon. For nearly a decade, vacant storefronts dotted the main thoroughfare in historic downtown Tryon. But in recent years, new investment, renovation projects and eager entrepreneurs have ushered in an economic renaissance of sorts to the quaint North Carolina town.

Beaufort Recognized as One of America's Best Holiday Towns. The holiday spirit is in full force in Beaufort and that's why the town recently received national recognition. InStyle magazine ranked Beaufort eighth on a top ten list of America's best holiday towns to visit. From parades and flotillas to breakfast with Santa, the coastal community works hard to spread the season's cheer.